As earth’s ecosystem becomes more fragile and the world’s population increases, sustainable agricultural decisions will mean the difference between sustenance and starvation for two-thirds of the globe. Pollution, erosion and soil depletion, among other environmental changes, are impacting the ecosystem and further curtailing our ability to produce food.

Given nearly two-thirds of Israel is desert, the country learned to develop and manage limited water resources, mitigate desertification and create successful agricultural practices for arid environments. Hebrew University scientists at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture have spearheaded soil and water innovations, including drip irrigation, desalination, wastewater reclamation, soil solarization and more.

HU Professor Avner Adin, Head of Water Treatment Technology Laboratory, Dept. Soil and Water Sciences, is one of many HU scientists helping to solve the world’s water issues. Prof. Adin’s lab is a world leader in drinking water filtration, water reuse in irrigation and research of particles in water to use for irrigation.

Learn more about HU’s pioneering efforts to improve water sustainability below.

Thanks to Hebrew University innovations, Israel leads the world in waste water reclamation, purifying more than 80% to reuse for crop irrigation.